AOR HEAVEN will release the debut albums by Melodic Rock acts FEATHERSTONE, “Northern Rumble”, and WICKMAN ROAD, “After The Rain”, on June 24. Both bands are from Sweden.
Swedish melodic rock act FEATHERSTONE was founded by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Rikard Quist in 2012. After writing for and playing with bands including Gypsy Rose, Don Patrol, Last Autumn´s Dream, White Wolf and Bangalore Choir for several years, he decided to focus his efforts on creating a masterpiece he could call his own.
Collaborating with friend and talented singer Lars Boden (Appearance), and with the addition of heavy drummer Niklas Osterlund (Headplate), Rikard found the melody and power needed and FEATHERSTONE quickly found its feet. More importantly it found its sound and, with the addition of British lyricist Jon Wilde (who Rikard had written with previously), the songs found their words.
The FEATHERSTONE album was written, recorded and produced by Rikard Quist in his own studio ”Eastern Palette Studio” in Gothenburg. Niklas and his thunderous drums were added thanks to the recording talents of Daniel Granstedt at Don Graniolo Sound Studio. The final mix and incredible mastering work was made by renowned and skilled engineer Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio.
The debut album ”Northern Rumble” from FEATHERSTONE contains 10 strong and timeless melodic rock songs filled with epic choruses, soaring melodies and ample overdriven power to keep you coming back again and again. It’s a musical journey from the 1970´s, the 1980´s, through the 1990´s right up until today.
Sound clips in advance:
Wickman Road is a young Swedish Melodic Rock Band with origins from the small town Rydaholm.
Henrik, Carl and Robert had been playing music together for years, but it was not until Eric joined up as a singer in 2011 that they grew an ambition to start a band for real. The two pair of brothers wrote several songs during the early stage and struggled to realize their ambition. The missing piece was added when Simon joined the band in 2014 and Wickman Road was officially born.
With Simon as the drummer, the band was provided with the spark needed to start their journey towards the debut album. Inspired by the AOR genre they started to write music in the true spirit of Melodic Rock, with their own touch of modern sound.
In the fall of 2015, eleven songs were recorded with the helpful hand of Producer Ola af Trampe at Studio 165. The recordings were done with great enthusiasm and resulted in Wickman Road’s first album “After the Rain”.
For Wickman Road this album really is about getting past the struggles of doubt and finding your own way. With lyrics inspired by the band members’ own journey, Wickman Road is here to make their mark in the world of music.
The album was mixed and mastered by Ola af Trampe at Studio 165, Växjö, Sweden.
Sound clips in advance: